HHC is one of the newest THC variants on the market, created in a lab to mimic the potency of delta 9. It makes a modern-day dispensary enjoyably diverse, but following the super success of delta 8, delta 10, and THC-O, we’ve grown nostalgic for the good old high.
Thankfully, HHC comes surprisingly close to what we know and love.
We’ll talk more about how it feels later on, but let’s say that HHC is not big on stimulation. It’s a more soothing analog of THC, perfect for cannabis enthusiasts pursuing legal Indica. You can smoke, vape, eat, or drop it under your tongue for a more immediate effect.
Here is the short but promising story of HHC.
HHC cannabinoid feels familiar because it looks familiar under the microscope.
Chemically speaking, most of the new variants are isomers. Delta 8 THC, for instance, has all the same atoms as delta 9 THC, only in a different order. But HHC is slightly different. In comparison to THC, the chemical structure of HHC shows hydrogen atoms added in a lab.
HHC is a hydrogenated THC analog.
Well, this is a tricky question.
HHC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid, and one can find it in hemp. However, nature is pretty scarce when supplying the cannabis market with organic HHC. HHC is present in hemp in amounts so minuscule that you can’t extract it at a fair cost.
Because of this, commercial HHC is manufactured in a lab.
Every HHC product that is available on the market results from the hydrogenation process conducted under rigorous chemical supervision. This would make HHC technically synthetic, though the debate over this is yet to unfold. Important to note, this will determine its legal status.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that hydrogenation makes HHC molecules incredibly stable. Unlike other cannabis products, HHC can’t lose its potency through sun exposure and remains fresh for a long, long time. For this, cannabis critics have dubbed it the “apocalypse drug.”
HHC should get you very close to a delta 9 THC high.
While delta-8 and delta 10 are reportedly too mellow, THC-O might be too aggressive for users accustomed to a regular weed buzz. True, HHC is not as potent as THC, but it feels pretty close to home. Users describe it as stronger than delta-8 but weaker than delta 9.
That is pretty much your usual high. You can expect giggles and euphoria, a sensation of relaxing body high with an increased heart rate, and a solid case of the munchies. HHC is not as stimulating as delta 10, for instance, so paranoia and anxiety should be circumstantial.
To compare it with a familiar strain, HHC feels mostly like Indica.
So far, we don’t know much about the long-term effects of HHC. Considering how it’s made, it should be safe to consume. Other than that, we can’t say much. A 1977 rat study shows beta HHC as an effective painkiller, but that’s yet to be checked with HHC on humans.
Even though no effect of HHC has been scientifically proven, a lot of users have described the experience as sensory expansion, which refers to both visual and auditory perception. Now, HHC is not psychedelic like psilocybin, mescaline, or LSD, so don’t expect to see sounds.
The relationship between cannabis and hearing has been an interest of many scientists over the years. Today, medical marijuana is prescribed to people suffering from Tinnitus, a condition defined by ringing in one or both ears. But can THC also make music sound better?
Do you know how live music sounds a bit funkier when you’re high?
According to one major study, the perfect marriage of THC and CBD is responsible for this. Without CBD, you shouldn’t experience sound any different than when you’re not high. However, THC does increase your dopamine levels on its own, which also heightens your audio stimuli.
So, to answer your question – yes, you can rely on HHC to elevate your hearing.
HHC is similar to delta 9 THC in many ways, including that it makes music sound great, but unlike weed, HHC is amazingly legal, which probably means that you can take it to a concert. Whether it’s live music or coming from your headphones, it doesn’t matter. HHC should make it spark.